John Ikerd, retired professor of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, recently wrote an article strongly opposing the amendment. Readers are encouraged to follow the link and read the entire article. We’ll just cite a few highlights.
- Constitutions were never intended to give special rights to any particular group of people, but instead to ensure that no particular people, including farmers, are able to deny the inherent rights of others.
- Agricultural producers already benefit from special right-to-farm ‘legislation’ in all major agricultural states.
- No economic justification exists for exempting industrial agriculture from the environmental and public health regulations under which similar industries operate.